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Ordinance Committee Planning Board Joint Meeting September 14, 2021

Sep 14 2021

6:30 pm City Hall Holyoke

536 Dwight St, Holyoke 01040

City Council

Holyoke Massachusetts

Pursuant to the Massachusetts Open Meeting Law, G.L. c. 30A, §§ 18-25,

and Section 20 of Chapter 20 of the Acts of 2021,

notice is hereby given of a meeting of the committee on


and joint hearings with the Planning Board

Tuesday, September 14th, 2021

6:30 PM

Meeting to take place at

Holyoke City Hall, 536 Dwight St

*** Meeting can also be accessed remotely via

Meeting ID: 821 5712 3241 Meeting Passcode: 125056 or by call in at 1 (646) 558-8656 with same Meeting ID and Passcode.  ***



Item 1: PUBLIC HEARING 8-3-21 – Zone Change Application for Ivan Troshchiy to change from RA to RO at 405 Ingleside Street to rezone in a manner consistent with development patterns in the area.

Item 2: PUBLIC HEARING (continued from 7-27-21) 6-15-21 – Zone change proposal to create a Retail Center (RC) zone taking into account both present tenancies and desired future development of such properties with appropriate criteria to ensure proper cohesive uses and promote continued mixed commercial/retail in Holyoke.

Item 3: PUBLIC HEARING (continued from 7-27-21) 6-15-21 – Zone change proposal to have the City of Holyoke remove from its Code of Ordinances, Appendix A, Zoning Ordinance, Section 8.3 “Shopping Center Districts” and any other references to said zone and replace with Retail Center (RC).

Item 4: PUBLIC HEARING (continued from 7-27-21) 6-15-21 – Zone change proposals to rezone the following parcels to Retail Center (RC) in an effort to create a cohesive regional destination district of mixed commercial / retail which all property owners will share the same regulations: 12 Holyoke St (117-00-005), 229-241 Whiting Farms Rd (174-00-013), 227 Whiting Farms Rd (174-00-013A), Lower Westfield Rd (174-00-013B), 95 Lower Westfield Rd (174-00-016), 250 Whiting Farms Rd (174-00-017), 225 Whiting Farms Rd (174-00-018), 7 Holyoke St (174-00-020), 98 Lower Westfield Rd (174-00-021), 94 Lower Westfield Rd (174-00-022), 86 Lower Westfield Rd (174-00-024), Whitney Ave (176-00-010B), 50 Holyoke St (176-00-010C), 400 Whitney Ave (176-00-013), Whitney Ave (176-00-014), 489 Whitney Ave (176-00-014.1), 494 Whitney Ave (176-00-027), 496 Whitney Ave (176-00-028), Whitney Ave (176-00-029).

Item 5: 9-7-21 HERNANDEZ — Ordered that the ordinances be updated to reflect that Columbus Day will now be referred to as Indigenous Peoples Day.

Item 5a: 9-7-21 From Kathleen Degnan, Assistant City Solicitor, Legal drafts establishing Indigenous Peoples Day

Item 6: 9-7-21 MURPHY — Ordered that the city council work with the mayor to establish an ordinance which will set the guidelines for flag raising events in the city.

Item 7: 8-4-20 ANDERSON-BURGOS — Ordered, that the language in the Holyoke municipal code, Sec 14-5, (a),(1), a, be removed from the code. The language of this code reads as: “A dog may be off restraint if under adequate voice control of a person, and that person has a leash in their possession. A dog which does not respond to commands of the person in control of such animal is not under restraint.” This language, especially “if under adequate voice control,” is overly subjective and does nothing to protect another person or animal from injury should a dog owner not maintain control of their dog.
*Tabled 6-29-21

Item 8: 6-26-18 LISI — Ordered, that the City Council, in accordance with MGL Chapter 43, Section 43, submit the following question to the voters at the next biennial state election: “shall this City allow the sale of marijuana products, as those terms are defined in G.L. c.94G, 1, for consumption on the premises where sold, a summary of which appears below?” Passage of this order shall be contingent on the state legislature’s approval of House Bill 4284 or other legislative/interpretive change to M.G.L. c.94G, sec 3(b) deemed acceptable by the Secretary of the Commonwealth.



Administrative Assistant: Jeffery Anderson-Burgos

The listing of matters are those reasonably anticipated by the chair which may be discussed at the meeting. Not all items listed may in fact be discussed and other items may also be brought up for discussion to the extent permitted by law. Also one or two items may require the committee to enter into executive session at this meeting. Agenda subject to change up to two business days (48 hours) prior to posted meeting time.

Jeffery Anderson-Burgos
Administrative Assistant to the City Council

Holyoke City Hall
536 Dwight St, Room 10
Holyoke, MA 01040
Regular hours 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Meeting days 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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